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"The New Queen of Bluegrass" Rhonda Vincent is pleased to announce her new single, "Mama Tried," released in tribute to the late great Merle Haggard. Rhonda presents the song with invigorating bluegrass instrumentation, and a sassy vocal, with a familiarity that has everyone singing along. The track is released via Upper Management Music and available NOW on Amazon.
"The song was selected to perform on an upcoming Merle Haggard Tribute on RFD-TV's 'Country's Family Reunion.' When I started singing it at our sound checks, we were instantly intrigued with the bluegrass version, and with only a 24 hour notice, we secured a studio and recorded the song, with the intention of releasing it on Merle Haggard's birthday," says Rhonda Vincent. "We were shocked at the news of his passing, and release it now in his honor. We loved Merle and were so thrilled to meet and open a show with him on January 28, 2015. That was such a special moment, and one we will always cherish."
Listen close, because this new version features a rare performance by legendary bluegrass favorite Sonny Osborne singing harmony vocals, creating a family blend with Rhonda's daughter Sally Berry. This classic song has been a favorite of country radio for nearly 48 years, since the original hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart in 1968. It also received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999, and most recently was added to the National Recording Registry in 2016.
Rhonda Vincent & the Rage kicked off their blockbuster North American tour earlier this year. The most award winning band in bluegrass music continues to bring their distinctive sound to new audiences (see dates below). The reigning IBMA "Female Vocalist of the Year" also just announced a special show in Nashville forJuly 14: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage with Legends of Bluegrass. The Springer Mountain Farms sponsored show will also feature performances by Bobby Osborne, Mac Wiseman and Jesse McReynolds.